March 9, 2011

Black Vine Weevil: Unusual Accidental Invader in Iowa

The recent arrival (March 3, 2011) of a digital image of the black vine weevil (BVW) collected from a kitchen floor in Delaware County was a reminder of just how uncommon this insect pest in

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Detected in Iowa

Adapted from an ISU Extension news release, February 24, 20011.


Stink Bugs and Similar-Appearing Insects in Iowa

The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is a recently-introduced, invasive insect found in the eastern USA. See background information elsewhere in our ISU Extension newsletters.

Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic Update - March 9, 2011

The following are highlights and updates about samples and questions recently received in the Clinic:


Transplanting Deciduous Shrubs


Pruning Blackberries

The growth and fruiting characteristics of blackberries are similar to raspberries. The blackberry plant's roots and crown are perennial, while its stems or canes are biennial. Blackberry